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Individual Trail

Central Okanagan / Shannon Lake

16 min driving from Downtown Kelowna

A difficult and at times strenuous hike, Carrot Mountain (or less commonly referred to as Davidson Creek) takes you on a steady, steep incline to a wide-angled view over West Kelowna, Shannon Lake and Okanagan Lake.

Slightly confusing, there are several trails on the mountain, the best option is to follow the well-used path along the gully to the top. The trail can be slippery at times and it is recommended to wear sturdy shoes, on the incline you may also need to use your hands, or poles if you have them, to keep from slipping.

The dense trail through the shaded forest gives you a chance to take in sightings of a waterfall and wildflowers, including Fireweed and Indian Paintbrush along with Saskatoon berries and Ponderosa pine. It is also home to several types of wildlife including bears, which are often seen on the mountain, elk and smaller animals such as chipmunks. Travelling alone is not recommended.

Heading back, a route is available to the East which loops you back to the beginning, alternatively you can backtrack bearing in mind the decline will be steep.

* Carrot Mountain Bluffs is subjected to heavy snow in the winter, hiking is only advised from May 1st onwards. Prior to that, the waterfall has severe reign of the trail.

WARNING: Maximum Slope is 57%!!! Bring shoes which can accommodate incredibly slippery and steep cliffs.

  • 16 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 4.34 km (round-trip)
  • 1.7 hours solo | 3.0 hours group round-trip
  • 618 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty
  • Part of the larger Carrot Mountain trail network!
  • One of our favourites!
  • Has a waterfall.
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Medium Hike
Seasons:Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:A very strenuous uphill trail with a waterfall crossing and incredibly steep and narrow technical downhill descent.
Dogs:Not recommended due to technical downhill.
Children:Not recommended at all.
Cell Service:Excellent (Rogers June 2014)
First Listed:2011-Jun-01
Last Updated:2018-Feb-25
GPS Notes
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Duration Round-Trip (solo):100 min
Duration Round-Trip (group):180
Trailhead GPS:49.872223000,-119.610252000
Trailend GPS:49.872223000,-119.610252000
Distance:4.34 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:615 meters
Elevation at End:615 meters
Elevation Minimum:618 meters
Elevation Maximum:1,211 meters
Elevation Gain:618 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-618 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:24.30% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-23.50% (round-trip)
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  • The GPS track for this hike is damaged...

    Tue, Aug 20, 2013 6:25 PM
  • Very pretty trail! Round trip took 1:14

    Mon, May 26, 2014 9:05 PM
  • Paid for the gps trail map and am unable to find it to use. I keep getting rerouted to paying for it again. Quite frustrating.

    Sun, May 21, 2017 2:52 PM
  • Please contact me directly via the web site instead.

    Mon, May 22, 2017 11:42 AM
  • Trail is currently closed due to Wildfire danger 20/7/17

    Thu, Jul 20, 2017 1:34 PM
  • I did this hike yesterday and it started off as really beautiful. And it's shady in the beginning, you're right along a small creek till you hit the waterfall. Yeah I was pretty tired, wish I had like super good grip hiking shoes and bug spray and like three more bottles of water. Going down was really the challenge. We did follow the small yellow markers on trees on where to go and maybe we accidentally went off trail but as some point it got really scary. A lot of shale, we picked up some walking sticks and they literally saved us. We took it really slow and we kept being skeptical of the way we were going because rocks kept on slipping under us and we couldn't imagine scaling down the whole mountain like that. It was like at the point where you kept thinking if you walked a little further you would eventually see something that looked like other people had walked there before but no just more and more unstable shale. We even paid for the the gps map because we felt so lost but decided to turn back and decend from the way we came up. At some times I was just on my butt slowly going down because of the steepness. My pants in the butt area was ripped pretty good. We used the walking sticks and each other's hand to maneuver over really steep parts. Once we got to the waterfall there was more grip with secure rocks to step on, it was a little less steep with trees and roots to grab on to. I don't know it felt like at any time we could die if we slipped or slid too far or stepped on the wrong rock. And a supposedly two hour hike turned into like six hours. I'm pretty sure I got a tic on my neck around the shale area cuz there was a bit of long grass there but I smacked it off. And basically coming back I didn't care if my feet got wet from the creek or about anything but arriving back to the car safely. Going uphill was manageable but the descent felt nearly impossible sometimes. i would definitely say if it's your first time bring somebody with you and extra snacks and sunscreen and bug repellent and the right foot wear and electrolytes and stuff. Don't try to rush

    Mon, May 14, 2018 7:51 AM

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